Monday, April 24, 2017

Cooking with Chef Mark - How to Properly Hold Knife

Chef Mark is here to show you how to properly hold your knifes while preparing food in your kitchen. Watch the video to learn how to hold your Chef Knife with a pinch grip. Use a forward rocking motion to get the most our of your cutting.



Stay tuned to see more great cooking skills and in particular, knife skills. Care about your food and have great knife skills to impress your guests at the kitchen table.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Recipe- Chicken Fajitas

Turn an ordinary day into a fiesta with these healthy, delicious chicken fajitas!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • 2 Tbsp canola, safflower, peanut or grapeseed oil (a high smoke point oil)
  • 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise (root to tip) into 1/4-inch strips
  • 3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
Marinade
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Extras
  • 8-12 flour tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed lightly with salt and cider vinegar

Directions:
1 Cut thick chicken breasts in half, horizontally: If chicken breasts are more than half a pound, slice horizontally so that each slice is between ½-inch and ¾-inch thickness. (Note: Don’t pound chicken breasts with a meat tenderizer, as this adversely affects the texture of the meat.)
2 Marinate chicken: Mix marinade ingredients together in a glass or plastic container. Add chicken, mix thoroughly, cover and let marinate at room temperature for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours in the fridge.
3 Wipe off most marinade, sprinkle chicken with salt: Remove the chicken from the marinade. Wipe off most of the marinade and sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt.
4 Sear chicken on high heat: Heat a large cast iron frying pan on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add a tablespoon of canola oil to the pan.
As soon as the oil begins to smoke, place chicken breast pieces in the pan. Depending on the size of the pan, you may have to work in several batches.
Let chicken cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, until you have a good sear. Once seared well on one side, turn pieces over and cook for another 2-3 minutes until well seared on the second side.
5 Stack seared breasts, cover with foil and let rest: Once seared on the second side, remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil to rest for 5 minutes.
Tip: Stack the seared chicken breasts and then cover them in foil. Together they will retain heat better as you cook the peppers and onions.
If you want to test for doneness, cut into one piece with the tip of a sharp knife. It should be just done, if not, you can put it back in the hot pan for a minute or two.
6 Sauté peppers and onions: While the chicken is resting, cook the onions and peppers. Add another tablespoon of oil to the frying pan. Heat on high. As soon as the oil is hot, add the onions and peppers to the pan.
Use a metal spatula to scrape up some of the browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the onions and peppers with the oil and brown bits. Spread the onions and peppers in an even layer in the pan. Let them cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. You want them to sear with some blackening. Stir the vegetables and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
7 Slice the chicken and serve: Slice the chicken across the grain into strips. Serve at once with the peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and sides of shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, and/or thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed with vinegar and salt.


Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes  Cook Time: 10 minutes  Serves 4

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What happens when you put Christmas lights in the microwave?

For those of us who are curious we often wonder what happens when you put something in the microwave that shouldn't go in the microwave. See what really happens when you put Christmas lights in a microwave....

Don't try this at home.




The fist microwave was invented on accident in 1946. Dr. Percy Spencer, a self taught engineer, was doing tests on a radar-related research project with a new vacuum called magnetron. After doing a test, he reached in his pocket and found that his chocolate bar was melted. This brought curiosity to his mind and he started doing more experiments testing to heat up popcorn and more. What he had invented changed the cooking game forever. Microwave ovens are now used in almost every household and is a multi-million dollar industry.

To get more of the story, check it out in this article.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All About Connected Kitchens

Connected kitchens and homes offer convenience and peace of mind. Using your phone as a remote control for your appliances, you are able to control and monitor your wifi-connected appliances from anywhere, using software that allows the machines to talk to each other. 


To get started with connected kitchens, we recommend having your refrigerator be the first connected kitchen item to add to your home. Here are a few things that you can do with your connected refrigerator:
  • View items that are currently stocked in your refrigerator via your phone.
  •  Stay organized by checking off items that you may need for recipes.
  • Have the convenience of buying groceries online straight from your refrigerator LCD panel.
  • Leave sticky notes electronically on your refrigerator and connect them to your phone.



Use your mobile phone and other connected devices to:
  • Preheat your oven while you're heading home from work
  • Schedule hot water to turn on for your coffee
  • Set your washing machine to spin
  • Keep your clothes wrinkle-free with an extended tumble feature app
  •  Automatically order fabric softener
  •  Place an order of dog food before your current batch runs out




Have peace of mind and get alerts when not at home though different apps:
  • If you left your oven on
  • The dishwasher sprung a leak
  • The refrigerator door was left open
  • An ingredient is expiring or running low 


Some wifi connected devices and apps to partner with your connected appliances:
  • Amazon Echo
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment
  • Google Home


What Connected Appliance are you most excited about?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

For Mattress Purchases Consider Motion Transfer

There are a couple of things to consider before buying a new mattress. On of the big things that can affect your decision is motion transfer. Watch the video to see what it is.



Things to take away:
  • Innerspring mattresses have motion transfer. 
  • Memory foam and hybrid mattresses can reduce if not eliminate motion transfer. 
  • Some great options to consider are Tempur-Pedic brand mattresses.
What questions do you have about purchasing a new mattress?